Whether you are looking for New York gifts for a local or for a visitor who can’t stop talking about how much they love NYC, you came to the right place! On this list, you will find no less than 35 awesome New York-themed gifts that they both will love! From cool books about the city’s architecture to home decor items for people who just moved, there is a NY gift for everyone.
Oh, and just in case you are looking for New York-themed gifts with regard to the state, rather than the city, I’ve got you covered. Check out the New York state gift guide for that!
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#1 Map of NYC
Are you looking for New York-themed gifts for someone’s home?
Then this beautiful laser-cut map of the city is perfect!
For alternative NYC map designs, head over to Etsy.
#2 NYC skyline LEGO
If you think LEGO is just for kids, you’ll have to check out the LEGO Architecture series, I guarantee you’ll change your mind. These skyline LEGO sets are actually really fun and challenging for adults as well as kids. So if you need New York theme gifts for someone who used to love LEGO as a child or someone who is into building and architecture, then this set of the NYC skyline is perfect!
#3 NYC sweatshirt
Hoodies and sweatshirts are great gift ideas for anyone, especially if you buy one with a beautiful design of the recipient’s favorite thing in the world, such as this embroidered NYC sweatshirt!
For more options, head over to Etsy.
#4 Homesick NYC candle
This is one of the best New York-themed gifts for locals who moved out of the city and who miss home or for visitors who simply miss the smell of NYC; a homesick candle that smells exactly like their favorite city!
Oh and if you’re wondering what smell that is, it’s not the smell of the ever-moving traffic. It’s the smell of Central Park in spring. And who could ever forget that smell of lemon, jasmine, oakmoss, and musk? It will transport them right back to the place they love the most.
NYC-themed glasses are one of the best New York gifts for people who just moved in or out of the city. It’s a great housewarming gift in the style of their favorite place on earth!
Check out Uncommon Goods for cool wine and beer glasses. For cheaper alternatives, head over to Etsy.
Bookends are also great NY gifts for a housewarming party, especially if you go for these cute NYC skyline ones on Uncommon Goods. For cheaper alternatives, check out Amazon.
#7 New York City vinyl clock
Since we’re on fire with the NYC-themed gifts for housewarming parties, I figured I might as well continue with another awesome item; a vinyl clock in NY style!
For more cool clock styles, check out these 25 travel-themed wall clocks.
#8 Chess in NYC style
This is one of my favorite New York City-themed gifts for people who love games, particularly chess; a chess board with famous NYC buildings as pieces!
#9 NY-themed necklace
This necklace that’s made of a vintage NY subway token is one of the best NY gifts for men and women who love vintage items and feel a bit of nostalgia when it comes to the old subway tokens.
#10 New York baseball gifts
Are you looking for New York-themed gifts for people who love baseball?
Then check out the NY Mets or NY Yankees (the two most famous baseball teams from New York City) merchandise on Amazon.
#11 Original NY cheesecake
This is probably one of the best food gifts from New York City; the classic NY cheesecake. You can order different sizes and get them delivered to the recipient’s doorstep, so they can enjoy a bit of NY, even when they’re not there.
#12 New York Giant gifts
If you are looking for NYC-themed gifts for someone who is into football, there are two options you can go for. Either the NY Giants or the NY Jets, you can find awesome merchandise products on Amazon for both teams, such as this cool New York Giants bathrobe.
New York gifts for mid budgets
#13 Water bottle
A water bottle always comes in handy, especially if it’s one that’s themed in the recipient’s favorite destination! Check out Zazzle to find over 500 different NCY styles, or head over to Amazon to buy the black bottle with the NY skyline.
Are you looking for NYC-themed gifts for women?
Then this super cute ring with the skyline of New York City is perfect for her!
#15 Book about NYC architecture
Seeking New York is probably one of the best New York gifts for people who love architecture. It tells the stories behind famous (and less famous) buildings in Manhattan. So the next time the recipient walks through their favorite city, they will know everything about the buildings they see.
#16 NYC-theme travel mug
A true New Yorker gets his coffee to-go from his favorite coffee shop around the corner. So why not give them a beautiful NYC-themed travel mug, so they can get their coffee to-go in style and without wasting disposable cups?
It’s one of my favorite sustainable New York-themed gifts!
#17 NYC travel guides (for both locals and visitors)
Not for tourists guide to New York City
I know what you’re thinking; NYC travel guides are only gifts for tourists who come to visit the City, not for locals. But hear me out. The Not For Tourist travel guide is actually designed for locals or tourists who want to experience the true city. It will show locals sides of their city that they’ve never explored and trust me, they will love it!
Art hiding in New York: An illustrated guide to the city’s secret masterpieces
Art Hiding in New York is another awesome guide that’s a great gift for both locals and tourists, as long as they’re into art. It will show them beautiful and undiscovered art sides of New York, that will go beyond the MoMa.
Lonely Planet’s Experience New York City
Lastly, I included the Lonely Planet experiences guide to NYC, because again, it’s not your regular Lonely Planet with budget tips, but it includes awesome experiences that are a must in the city (whether you’re a local or not).
#18 Jigsaw puzzle of the city
Are you looking for New York gifts for someone who loves puzzles?
Then this 1000-piece puzzle of the streets of NYC is perfect!
#19 Cocktail recipe book
Can you even say you’ve been to NYC if you’ve not tried one of the many cocktail bars and cocktails that the city is famous for?
If the recipient did miss out on the cocktails or just wants to make them at home, this cocktail recipe book is one of the best New York-themed gifts for you!
For more gift inspiration, check out the cocktail gift guide.
#20 Passport cover
This is one of the best New York-themed gifts for someone who travels a lot. They can protect their precious document in a cool NYC theme. Check out Zazzle to find 140 different designs, or go for the one I selected.
#21 New York-Opoly
Besides the chess board, New York-opoly is another one of the great NY gifts for people who love games! Instead of the classic Monopoly street and buildings, they have to buy as many New York streets as possible. And instead of avoiding jail, you need to avoid ending up in a traffic jam in the NYC version!
Are you looking for more unique NYC-themed gifts for someone’s home?
Then these wooden coasters with a map of the city are a great gift idea!
#23 Cookbooks about NYC
NYC kitchen cookbook: 150 recipes inspired by the specialty food shops, spice stores, and markets of New York City
Love goes through the stomach, right? Especially if someone feels a little homesick. So for those people, food gifts from New York are the best option! Now, you might not be able to get NYC food delivered to their doorstep, so in that case, a cookbook such as this one with recipes from amazing shops, and markets in NYC is perfect.
Devour NYC: A cookbook. Discover the most delicious, epic, and occasionally outrageous foods of New York City
This is another awesome food gift from New York, a cookbook with all the delicious (and sometimes weird) NYC food, such as mac and cheese burgers or balls.
The William Greenberg desserts cookbook: Classic desserts from an iconic New York City bakery
This is by far the best NYC-themed gift for someone who loves sweets and for someone who loves the famous William Greenberg desserts bakery in NYC.
#24 Flask in NY style
Do you need NYC-themed gifts for someone who loves booze?
Then this flask with the Statue of Liberty is a fun gift idea; they can secretly drink their booze in NY style!
#25 New York basketball gifts
Are you looking for more New York gifts for people who are into sports? Particularly for people who are into basketball?
Then there are two main teams you can buy gifts from; the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. Check out Amazon for the best items!
New York gifts for small budgets
#26 Times Square paint-by-number
This is one of the coolest New York-themed gifts for creative people. They can paint their own version of Times Square! All they have to do is use the right color of paint in the right square and they will have a beautiful piece of art.
#27 NYC-style shirt
Are you looking for cute NYC-themed gifts for women or men?
Then head over to Etsy and check out all their cute NYC-style shirts. I quite liked this one with the skyline of the city, but you can find plenty of other options on Etsy.
#28 Tote bags in NYC style
I love this tote bag with the map of NYC in words! Not only is it a cool design, but it’s also one of the best sustainable New York gifts. It allows the recipient to use this bag instead plastic bags, and by that, they can save the planet from the pile of overused plastic.
#29 NYC-themed wall art
A poster of their NYC is always a good New York gift for someone who loves the city. They can bring a bit of the NYC atmosphere into their homes, whether they live in the city or elsewhere, at least they can always enjoy this cool poster with glasses. Or check out Amazon for more NYC-themed wall art options.
#30 Luggage tags
Besides passport covers, luggage tags are also great New York gifts for people who travel a lot. They can also find their luggage with these cool tags. You can choose from over 700 different options on Zazzle, or go for this vintage style one.
I’ll admit, the NYC keychains can be a bit catchy, but that doesn’t take away the fact that they’re actually really fun New York-themed gifts for both locals and visitors.
For more design options, check out Etsy, or buy this cute one with the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and an apple.
#32 New York City-themed apron
If you are looking for fun New York gifts to go with the cookbooks (#23), then an NYC-themed apron such as this one is a cool option!
#33 Mit and pot holder set
I know, I know, the “I love NY” sign is a little bit touristy. But let’s be honest, if we wouldn’t like it or wouldn’t buy it wouldn’t be still produced. So if you are looking for funny and catchy NY gifts for someone who loves to cook, this set is perfect!
#34 Make-up bag
Do you need NYC-themed gifts for women or girls?
Then this make-up bag with typical NY icons such as the Statue of Liberty, taxis, and the Empire State Building is an awesome gift idea!
#35 NYC coloring book for adults
Did you know that coloring books for adults have been proven to reduce anxiety and help people relax?
Now that’s something New Yorkers can benefit some, taking some time to take a breath and relax. And what’s a better way than with a coloring book of their favorite city?
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Final note on NYC-themed gifts
Alright, these were the 35 best NY gifts that both locals and visitors will love. Which one’s your favorite? Mine are: